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Advent {Week 2} ~ My love response…

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Years ago, my Christmas decorations were neatly placed, angled in all the right directions and color coordinated to the detail.   Sophisticated white lights prevailed, Christmas china was used only for special occasions, and precious nativity sets were placed high on shelves to keep from being broken by little curious, fumbling fingers.

But somewhere in my parenting journey, God graciously taught me  – through my children – that life is meant to be lived.  Touched.  Enjoyed.  So now our Christmas ornaments hang a bit off balance (but are placed with a whole lot of excitement and love), fun colored lights fill our home, and I try to say yes as often as I can to frequent tea party requests… using real china, of course.

And those nativity sets?  They have become more precious than ever.  Not half-forgotten up on some shelf, but adored in the hands of my sweet, imaginative four year old.

With the nativity pieces now within reach, Baby Jesus and Tess have had quite an adventurous week!  There have been rides in the Barbie car, and trips to the grocery store.  Baby Jesus has visited with Dora and all of Tess’s favorite baby dolls, and He even rode in an elevator (aka a tall pedestal candle) several times today.  Baby Jesus has kept Tess company at the lunch table and in the potty.  He’s been swaddled in a wash cloth,  and bathed in the bathroom sink.

But the moment that I can’t get out of my head is when I caught Tess in the corner of our living room, snuggling Baby Jesus with much affection. When I sneaked in closer to see what she was doing, I could hear her singing softly…


“Thank you, Baby Jesus, for being bor-or-orn.  Thank you, Baby Jesus, for saving the world. 

Baby Jesus, I… love… You…”


Humbled and instantly brought to tears, God knew just the reminder that I needed to hear that day.


God loves beyond comprehension, and that love is worthy of our response.


These days are busy.  Life gets full and complicated.  And if I’m not careful, I’ll go through this season fully aware of God’s tangible love for me through the gift of Jesus, yet will forget to bow down and whisper my love response back into Jesus’s ear:


“Thank you.”

“I praise You.”

“I love You.”

“I adore You.”


I tucked my spunky four year old into bed tonight, and instead of her regular bedtime song, she requested that I sing her a song about “Baby Jesus coming to save the world.”  Fully aware of several carols I could sing, I chose instead to take Tess’s lead and make up my own love song – not from any hymnal or jumbo-tron – but this time from my heart.  I closed my eyes, held her hand, and sung softly into her ear as I worshiped…


“Thank you, Jesus…”

“I praise You, Jesus…”

“I love You, Jesus…”

“I adore You, Jesus…”

“Thank you, Baby Jesus, for coming to save the world…”


My love response.  Well overdue.


You see, God wants ALL of me… not my leftovers after I’ve served on my own strength, not my rushed minutes after I’ve made everything else a priority before Him, not just my selfish prayers after nothing I’ve tried has worked. Oh Father, thank you for pouring out your great love towards me, and help me to reciprocate a love that is worthy of all that You are!


 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” ~Mark 12:30

At His feet,



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  1. What a sweet post – and full of sweet memories for me of 4 year olds during Advent. Now I’m enjoying 9 and 10 year old boys and it’s still delightful, but in different ways. This year, we’re talking about Christmas carols and what they mean, and prophecies fulfilled. And I’m praying, as I know you are, that the words we share as we snuggle together will live on in their hearts for an eternity. Have a blessed day in this sweet season of Advent.

  2. Jennifer Diel says:

    Thank you for sharing, I recently discovered your blog through a friend and I am really enjoying them, so thank you for sharing your heart and helping me walk closer to Jesus.

  3. Laureen E. says:

    thank you for sharing, this was a blessing and I’m going to pass it on to some new moms I know will be blessed by it

  4. How sweet…it reminds me of when I finally put a nativity under our tree everYthing was glued in each spot. But over the years my little wanted to play with it and now there’s just a manager, wiseman all over the place. I can only imagine the memories she will have of that and it s sweet.

    Thank you for sharing
    By His Grace,

  5. Such a great reminder how SIMPLY we can come to praise God! My three year old does the same thing…so innocently…so honestly. Praise the Lord for the little reminders that He has blessed us with!!

  6. Thank you for sharing from your heart and your life, Whitney! May we all love Jesus the way your sweet little Tess does!!! What a blessing it is to see Christmas through the eyes of children!!!

  7. Christina A. says:

    Such a precious and wonderful post. I too had tears in my eyes as I read the words your daughter sang. I have a 4 year old little lady myself and all too often I can’t help shed a joyful tear when she requests to hear or sing about Jesus. Our children can teach us so much and bring us back to where our heart’s focus should be. No wonder Jesus said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
    Thank you so much for sharing. Bless you all this Christmas.

  8. What a beautiful story of childlike faith & love! Christmas is even more special with little ones in the home. Thanks for hosting & God bless!

  9. beautiful…..from the mouths of babes

  10. whats next after Advent

  11. Thank you for the reminder! Everytime we pray, our family ends our prayer with telling the Lord “I love you”. It sometimes is said on auto pilot. I hope to remember this story the next time and say it with meaning! :)

  12. i remember my oldest child’s first pageant…..and in that singing of silent night…..my heart was opened so wide that now every time i hear it either children or adults i am rendered soulfully vulnerable. thankyou

  13. To tell the truth it was an incredible detailed write-up however as with every wonderful writers there are many points that might be worked upon. Yet never ever the particular much less it was exciting.

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